Ernie and I met up for our regular Saturday lunch date. He's back in Singapore while he's in-between jobs, so I get to see him lots, which is great.
He was running an errand at 313 Somerset and we chose Trattoria Cucina Italiana as a convenient lunch spot. This casual Italian bistro is one of the first generation tenants at 313 Somerset, and I think the reason for its relatively brisk business is the very heavy foot traffic accorded to the bistro. It's gotta do with its very convenient location at the ground floor entrance of 313 Somerset linking to Somerset MRT station. While the food wasn't bad, it just didn't impress, especially at the price point of about $23 for most mains. I've definitely had better food at the same prices and at better surroundings. I guess it's really because the quality of the dishes were on par with what a fairly competent cook can whip up in a home kitchen. But, we did see a lot of Caucasians, both tourists and expats, eating here, so maybe the food's not too bad, and fairly authentic afterall.
Ernie had to have his favourite must-get starter, Garlic Bread with Cheese ($6.50), which wasn't too bad, fragrant with a heady garlicky aroma, toasty and crusty.
The Prosciutto e Funghi Spaghetti ($9.80 for Set Lunch with a soft drink) was seasoned simply with garlic and olive oil, and layered with plentiful bacon and shitake mushrooms.
The Porcini Mushroom Risotto ($22.90) was unusually textured with diced Italian sausages and shitake mushrooms but the rice was a little overcooked and soggy. That said, this was well-portioned and nicely balanced. Despite the cream element, I didn't find it cloying at all.
Trattoria Cucina Italiana
#01-16, 313 Somerset
Tel: 6834 4833
Open daily from 8am to 10.30pm